from MacroScope:

When is a war not a war?

By Mike Peacock
March 3, 2014

Is it war if no shots have been fired? The Ukrainians say so but Moscow, its grip on Crimea now pretty much complete, says it is merely protecting its people. The rest of the world and its financial markets watch on very uneasily.

from MacroScope:

G8 — plenty to worry about

By Mike Peacock
June 17, 2013

The week kicks off with a G8 leaders’ summit in Northern Ireland. Syria will dominate the gathering and the British agenda on tax avoidance is likely to be long on rhetoric, short on binding specifics.

from MacroScope:

A week to reckon with

By Mike Peacock
June 14, 2013

The week kicks off with a G8 leaders’ summit in Northern Ireland. Syria will dominate the gathering and the British agenda on tax avoidance is likely to be long on rhetoric, short on specifics. But for the markets, this meeting could still yield some big news. For a start, Japanese prime minister Abe is there – the man who has launched one of the most aggressive stimulus drives in history yet has already seen the yen climb back to the level it held before he started. Abe will also speak in London and Warsaw during the week.

from MacroScope:

Merkel under pressure … but unbending

By Mike Peacock
May 21, 2012

Some interesting events to  ponder over the weekend, though not many of them came from the G8 summit which, as is customary, was strong on rhetoric but bare of any specific policy measures to tackle the euro zone crisis. However, markets seems to have tired of their panicky last few sessions. German Bund futures have opened lower as investors took profits rather than seizing on any positive news. European stocks have edged up.

from MacroScope:

Can Greek public opinion be turned?

By Mike Peacock
May 16, 2012

So we’ve got the fresh Greek elections we expected and markets, despite the inevitability that we would get here, have reacted with some alarm. European stocks have shed  around 1 percent, and the harbour of German Bunds is pushing their futures price up in early trade. The Greeks will try to form a caretaker government today to see them through to elections expected on June 17.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

When the top brass goes to Europe…

May 28, 2011

Hey Blog Guy, we could use some of your famous travel advice. My brass ensemble is going to Paris, and we....

from MacroScope:

Protesters converge to press anti-poverty message

June 25, 2010

Police threaded through a growing throng of demonstrators gathering in a downtown Toronto Park on Friday to demand G20 countries do more to fight global poverty and protect woman's gender rights.

from MacroScope:

Duelling protests hit Huntsville as G8 kicks off

June 25, 2010

G8 host Huntsville has been a picture of quiet in the run-up to the summit, which kicked off on Friday. Reporters that have come up to cover potential protests have had little luck so far uncovering anything beyond bemused residents and hundreds of bored cops.

from MacroScope:

So much for all this summitry

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2010

Toronto G20The following is a guest post by Marc Levinson, a senior fellow for international business at the Council on Foreign Relations. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Africa News blog:

West must change approach to Africa

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2010

SUDAN/Tom Cargill, Assistant Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, writes on the West's relationship with Africa: